Pat Cummins Secures ICC Player Of The Month Award
Australia’s captain, Pat Cummins, has been awarded the ICC Men’s Player of the Month for December 2023, capping off an exceptional year marked by a stellar bowling performance in the Test series against Pakistan. Cummins played a pivotal role in Australia’s triumphs throughout 2023, securing their maiden World Test Championship mace and winning their sixth Men’s Cricket World Cup earlier in the year.
In December, Cummins showcased outstanding leadership and bowling skills, particularly in the second Test against Pakistan in Melbourne. His remarkable performance included ten wickets in the match, featuring a crucial spell in the second innings. Notably, he claimed the prized wicket of a well-set Mohammed Rizwan, marking his 250th wicket in Test cricket. Cummins’ five for 48 in the second innings played a crucial role in Australia’s dramatic victory.
Reflecting on his achievement, Cummins expressed satisfaction with the team’s performance across all formats throughout the year. He emphasized the pleasing conclusion to 2023 with a strong performance against a challenging Pakistan side. Cummins, nominated for the prestigious Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy in the ICC Awards 2023, hopes to add to his collection of personal accolades following a remarkable year in all formats.
Meanwhile, Deepti Sharma secured the ICC Women’s Player of the Month award for December, marking her first win in this category. Sharma’s outstanding individual performances for India across all three formats during the month contributed to notable victories against strong opponents, including England and Australia.
Sharma’s impressive month began with T20I encounters against England, followed by a standout performance in the Test against England in Mumbai. She scored 67 with the bat in the first innings and played a pivotal role with the ball, taking five crucial wickets in the first innings and four in the second, finishing with match figures of nine for 39. This remarkable performance earned her the Player of the Match award.
Continuing her exceptional run, Sharma top-scored with 78 runs in the middle order during the Test triumph against Australia, contributing to India’s eight-wicket victory. In the subsequent ODI matches against Australia, Sharma’s highlights included figures of five for 38 in the second encounter, despite India narrowly missing victory.
Deepti Sharma’s all-round excellence in December showcased her versatility and significant contributions to India’s success across various formats. Her achievements were recognized with the ICC Women’s Player of the Month award, marking a significant milestone in her career.